Dontnod’s New Game, Tell Me Why, Promotes Transgender Equality

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Dontnod’s New Game, Tell Me Why, Promotes Transgender Equality

Today at X019, Xbox Games Studios announced a brand-new IP from French developer Dontnod, the makers of Life is Strange. Tell Me Why focuses on the close bond between two twins: Tyler and Alyson Ronan. A “true-to-life story” determined by player choice, Tell Me Why will entrust players with the emotionally challenging childhood of its protagonists as they come to grips with their past and grow into adulthood in Alaska.

“The core mechanic of the game is the special bond Tyler and Alyson share and is also a theme strongly anchored into the Dontnod storytelling approach,” says game director Florent Guillaume. “Over the course of the story, players will explore the identical twins’ different memories of key events and choose which memory to believe. Ultimately, the choices players make determine the strength of the twins’ bond – and the future course of their lives.”

Aside from the already inventive narrative approach, Tell Me Why pushes for inclusiveness as one of the twins, Tyler, is a transgender man.

Rare Works Its Whimsical Magic In The New World Of Everwild

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Rare Works Its Whimsical Magic In The New World Of Everwild

During today's X019 presentation, Executive Producer Louise O'Connor at Rare announced the studio is currently in production on its newest IP, titled Everwild.

The game's first trailer reveals the journey of three characters as they interact with a mythical world where strange beasts roam an unfamiliar place. In classic Rare fashion, the game was designed with a gorgeous array of colors and striking character designs. Outside of the few shots of the different biomes, the trailer did not reveal combat or what players can expect gameplay-wise when Everwild eventually releases.

In a press release, studio head Craig Duncan also stressed that the game is in the early stages of production and did not give fans a release date for Rare's first new title since Sea of Thieves.

Obsidian Announces Microscale Survival Game, Grounded

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Obsidian Announces Microscale Survival Game, Grounded

Hot off the heels of the successful RPG The Outer Worlds, Obsidian Entertainment has announced another offbeat project: a survival game where players explore a microcosm of our world. 

Grounded is a co-op survival friendly survival game where up to four players are shrunken to the size of an ant and then tasked with gathering supplies to build a camp while fending off threats from the local insect population.

“Grounded offers our unique take on survival games, creating an unforgettable experience," says game director Adam Brennecke. “It's a perfect setting to flex our creative muscles. We want to create a versatile sandbox where players can create their own memorable experiences.”

Watch Microsoft's X019 Celebration Livestream Here

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Watch Microsoft's X019 Celebration Livestream Here

X019 is Microsoft's annual Xbox celebration, and the publisher is set to make a few exciting announcements in the coming hours. A special Inside Xbox stream is set for 2pm CST, and you can watch it right here, so don't go anywhere.

Could we get some new details on Project Scarlett? Will we get another peek at the next Halo game? Could we see some unannounced projects? We don't have long to find out. What are you hoping to see? Put it in the comments section below.

You can also watch the stream at Xbox.comMixerTwitchFacebook, and Twitter. Keep your eye on Game Informer for all the big announcements.

Mercy's Recall Challenge Hits Overwatch, Read The New Short Story

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Mercy's Recall Challenge Hits Overwatch, Read The New Short Story

Overwatch's latest limited-time event comes with a short story about Mercy that players can read online. The story is called Valkyrie, and it's penned by Overwatch lead writer Michael Chu. The event pushes players to win nine matches to earn the new legendary Dr. Ziegler skin for the beloved healer. At three wins players earn a new icon, six wins gives them two new sprays, and the final three wins gets them the gold.

The event runs from today through December 2. If you watch matches on Twitch for two, four, or six hours, you'll earn additional sprays.

Guerrilla Games' Hermen Hulst Named Head Of Sony Interactive Entertainment's Worldwide Studios

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Guerrilla Games' Hermen Hulst Named Head Of Sony Interactive Entertainment's Worldwide Studios

Following the departure of chairman Shawn Layden, Sony has named Hermen Hulst, Guerrilla Games' director and co-founder, as the new head of Worldwide Studios and will be tasked to oversee software development across Sony's 14 internal game studios. Guerrilla promoted three people as co-studio directors: Michiel van der Leeuw, who was the technical director, Angie Smets, executive producer, and Jan-Bart van Beek, studio art director.

Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida, who has long been an influential voice for Sony on social media, is leaving the position to shepherd smaller independent studios.

In an interview with Gamesindustry.biz, PlayStation CEO and president Jim Ryan calls Hulst one of the most well-respected leaders in video games. "He is a passionate advocate for the teams he leads and understands how to empower creative talent to build great experiences," he said. "I have no doubt Hermen can lead our teams to deliver compelling and diverse experiences at a steady cadence."

Terry Bogard Is Now Available In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

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Terry Bogard Is Now Available In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Terry Bogard, the baseball cap-loving combatant from SNK's Fatal Frame and King of Fighters series, is now available as a DLC fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Nintendo also released update 6.0.0., which brings hero balance tweaks, item adjustments, and new spirits in the Vault.

Battle Arena also received a number of new features, including an Elite Online arena type, and the ability to send set messages while inside the arena. Here's the complete rundown of changes, and click here to see the hero balance tweaks:

The Blizzard Issue Is Now Available Digitally

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The Blizzard Issue Is Now Available Digitally

Digital subscribers to Game Informer can now learn all about Blizzard's new slate of games announced at this year's BlizzCon! Following last week's cover reveal, our digital issue is now live to subscribers on web browsersiPad/iPhone and Android devices. Individual issues will be available for purchase later today. You can download the apps to view the issue by following this link. All of these digital options are included in a standard subscription.

The issue launches later this week on our third-party subscription apps including Google PlayKindle, and Nook.

Not a digital subscriber yet? Convert your existing print subscription here or start a new subscription here.

Blizzard Announces Hearthstone: Descent of Dragons And New Battlegrounds Game Mode

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Blizzard Announces Hearthstone: Descent of Dragons And New Battlegrounds Game Mode

During the opening ceremonies of BlizzCon 2019, Blizzard announced both a new game mode and expansion for Hearthstone, its premiere strategy card game.

Focusing on the fierce winged beasts, Descent of Dragons will feature dragons from Azeroth's storied history. The newest expansion features 135 new cards for players to experiment with, along with a new Hero Card featuring Galakrond. Utilizing the new Invoke cards, players can level up the dragon multiple times for Galakrond to reach his final form.

Descent of Dragons will be available for players starting December 10.